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A Short List of Soccer Books (Updated)

Entertaining, informative, useful....


Inverting the Pyramid: Not your traditional beach read, but I read it on the beach two years ago over my Christmas break. It's an excellent look at the tactical development throughout the history of the men's game. Great coaches and players are discussed as well as the changes in formations over the years. You will learn a lot, but I also found it to be a page turner.  Jonathon Wilson knows his stuff and is a great writer. Highly recommend.


Team Building: the road to success:  Written by Rinus Michaels, but dedicated to Vera Pauw (Houston Dash Head Coach) and Bert Van Lingen for their help. The book includes Michaels' journey as a coach through the different levels.  'Team building" is one of the three keys to creating a successful team. The other two are the talent you are working with and the match mentality.

I love this book and flip back through it looking for answers on a regular basis.


Focused on Soccer: How to win the mental game Bill Beswick is always a sell out at the convention due to his depth of knowledge and entertaiing style.

Here are his key to building a mentally strong players and a successful team.


Fever Pitch: Entertaining, as are all of Nick Hornby's book.  This book captures the dedication of a true fan.


Modern Soccer Coach   There's a whole series of books with Curneen's philosophy of the game and useful and practical games and tips. I believe this was his first. Many useful nuggets of information and games.

  The Last 9 Seconds   You want your team to score more goals?  All about goal scoring.  Jay Martin reviewed this book positively a couple of years back in the soccer journal.  (This and a little swimming book called Two Lengths of the Pool.)  That's what drove me to buy it and I was not disappointed.

Very tangible information and practical. It also helped me think about how to train goalkeepers.

How Simple Can it Be?  I enjoyed this. Raymond Verheijen has a clear picture of how he thinks the game should be trained and played. He is not afraid to say what he thinks, which makes it entertaining on top of useful.

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